Hi guys! I hope you all had a great weekend. I’m here this morning to recap my first week of marathon training!
First off, let me explain how I’ve adapted the program I’ve chosen to fit my needs. I’ve decided to run on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with my long run on Saturday.
On Tuesday and Thursday, I will do about 45 minutes of strength training. Sunday will be a complete rest day. I’m also planning to throw in at least one yoga class a week, since I LOVE it and find it really helps with my running. There are a bunch of free yoga classes around the city this summer!
Additionally, in this program, training runs are supposed to be run slower than your race pace, unless they are “pace runs”. I don’t really have a real time goal for this marathon, since it’s my first, so I’m basing training/pace runs on effort. I will try to run most training runs at an easy effort, while race pace will be slightly more difficult.
Last note: I tend to do my shorter runs (usually 5 miles or less) around my apartment, where the terrain is pretty hilly, which is great training but also tends to yield a slower pace. I do my long runs along the Charles River path, which is relatively flat, so my pace tends to be faster.
This week, my mileage was very similar to what I’ve been doing in pre-training, so I’ve got nothing too interesting to report. I also switched my Friday and Saturday runs, since I was away this weekend at my boyfriend’s sister’s high school graduation!
3 mile run at 9:43 pace + about 3/4 of a Tabata workout
**I teach a Tabata class on Monday afternoons, and have only had 1 or 2 participants so far, so I end up actually doing most of the class with them to keep the energy up!**
5 mile pace run at 9:30 pace
**I was feeling uncharacteristically tired today, so I skipped the gym and did about 5 or 10 minutes of core work at home**
8 mile run at 9:20 pace
3 mile run at 9:23 pace
Favorite Run: My long run! I LOVE running along the Charles River path. It’s beautiful, relatively flat, and you pass by lots of other runners and bikers. I also usually listen to podcasts on my long run days, which makes the time fly by.
Least Favorite Run: My Saturday 3-miler. I got up at 7am to get in this run after falling asleep around 1am, plus I had spent 6 or 7 hours on the bus the previous night. My legs felt super tight and I didn’t have much energy. I was also staying at my boyfriend’s family’s house for the weekend, and the path I chose was basically hill after hill after hill for the 1.5 miles out. On the way back, I was going downhill a lot, so it all evened out, but check out these splits!
I felt so much better after the run, but boy was that first mile and a half difficult!
Fueling: Right now, I am not bringing water with me on runs. I don’t need it on my shorter runs, and there are water fountains for the first 3 miles of the path I run on the Charles River. I fueled up with a couple of dates about 5 miles into my 8 mile run. Dates are the best! The sugar becomes available for you to use almost immediately, like in gels/chews, but you actually get some good nutrition in as well.
Entertainment: I usually just listen to a variety of music on my ipod shuffle while running, but during my long runs, I tend to listen to podcasts. This week I listened to 1 1/2 episodes of No Meat Athlete, my favorite podcast!
That’s it for this week! Also, check out my article on The Pros and Cons of HIIT and Steady State Cardio on The Fitness U!